New OACP Executive Director Steve Emmons

     The Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has appointed Steven Emmons as the new executive director. Emmons will assume the position on April 16, 2018 following the retirement of Chief Phil Cotten (ret.) who has held the position of executive director since January of 2011.

    Steve Emmons comes from the Council on Law Enforcement and Education Training (CLEET). He has been with CLEET since 2004, when he started as the northeast field representative, He became assistant director in 2008. Steve spent 14 years at CLEET with 7 years as the executive director.

    Steve Emmons began his career in law enforcement with the Tulsa Police Department in 1976. He worked in patrol, as supervisor in the sex crimes and street crimes units, and in public information. He retired from the Tulsa Police Department after 21 years.

    In 1997 he served as the criminal justice and police science coordinator at Rogers State University in Claremore. Later he was an investigator in the bogus check division of the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office for four years. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree from Central Missouri State University.

     Steve is looking forward to his new position as the executive director of the Oklahoma Chiefs association Steve brings years of experience to his new position and we are looking forward to working with him, Steve will begin his new position on April 16,2018. His new email with the OACP is



2017 New Chiefs Class


The next scheduled class for the OACP New Chiefs Command Staff Training will be scheduled for May of 2018. This class is required for anyone that is promoted or hired as a new chief or has been elected. We also have many existing chiefs that return as a refresher course and command staff members who desire a career in the near future as a new chief. All new chiefs must attend this class within one year of assuming the position of chief of police.

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The New Chief to Chief Magazine has Arrived!

Click Above to Read the Chief to Chief Magazine. We welcome articles! Have an idea for new sections? Email us at the OACP at!

    We are excited to launch the new “Chief to Chief” magazine. With the new digital online media content for the magazine, we are now able to provide more articles,more article content, more publications and an encouraging opportunity to reach out on a nationwide level.

In This Issue:

George Haralson: Celebrating over 40 years in law enforcement and one of the 2017 Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame Inductees.

SQ788 – Medical Marijuana: Complete ballot question along with the text of the measure.

Medical Marijuana: The true facts of medical marijuana.

Meet the Chief: Chief Mark Sterling, Okarche Police Department

The Bloody Benders: In the 1870’s, a family of serial killers in Kansas welcomed their over-night traveling guest.

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Stanard Testing Services - OACP Strategic Partner

    Stanard Inc. has been a strategic partner of the OACP for over 30 years. Whether testing for new applicants for Police Officers, Dispatchers, Firefighters, Detectives, Investigators, First and Second Line Supervisors, or Corrections Officer, Stanard Inc. has provided these services and more to Oklahoma Law Enforcement for over 30 years.

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Welcome to the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police

      The Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police membership is comprised of many diversities of agencies and municipal departments inclusive of law enforcement leadership administrators and their supportive administrative command staff. The OACP mission is to promote excellence through professionalism in ethical standards, professional development and training, technical support, and communications through networking with agencies and departments throughout Oklahoma.

      Our membership includes administrative leaders and their command staff personnel from agencies such as; campus law enforcement, corrections management, corporate protection, federal agencies, state agencies, municipal chiefs. tribal law enforcement, county sheriffs, public safety and highway patrol, rail, air, transportation and many other law enforcement entities in Oklahoma.

    I encourage you to consider becoming a member of the OACP. As an organization of many members, we become one voice for stronger laws to protect the citizens of Oklahoma through legislative committees, community policing,  continuous professional training and education and networking through quarterly business meetings and constant communications through daily email news updates.

Chief Phil Cotten (ret.)

Executive Director

Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police

(405) 672-1225


Learn about the benefits of OACP membership!

    OACP is the largest law enforcement executive and administrative association in Oklahoma. Our members come from many facets of professional agencies and departments throughout the state. The Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police has a strong objective of goals that are to foster strong ethical standards and a commitment of professional conduct in law enforcement through education, professional training, communications and improving laws that protect the citizens of communities throughout Oklahoma.

     The greatest benefit of the organization is the ability of all law enforcement to network through various channels of services, resources, committees, other agencies and model policies through a vast network of other agencies with the same goals in mind.

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OACP Conference - June 19th - 20th - Choctaw Casino and Resort - Durant, Oklahoma

    The 2018 OACP Annual Training Conference and Exhibitor Showcase will be at the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma.

  The Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police is the only law enforcement administrator organization in Oklahoma that includes Campus Law Enforcement, Tribal Law Enforcement, County Law Enforcement , District Attorneys, Corporate Security Administrators, Federal and State Agency Directors and Oklahoma Municipal Police Departments.

   The OACP Annual Training Conference is the only law enforcement conference in Oklahoma that built upon professional curriculum’s geared towards law enforcement administrators and their command staff.

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Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program OLEAP


        The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (OLEAP) was established in 1996 to enhance the law enforcement profession by providing agencies in Oklahoma with an avenue to demonstrate that they meet commonly accepted Standards based on Federal and Oklahoma law, Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) regulations and contemporary best practices. visit page  


Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group has been associated with the OACP for many years and shares the same goals and mission to better educate and train all municipal personnel with the utmost dedication in reducing risk through many facets of resources, onsite assistance, model policy development and improvement, and many more free services for the municipal departments.

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